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  1. More Lost Than Found: Finding A Way Back to Faith
    More Lost Than Found: Finding A Way Back to Faith
    Jared Herd
    Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Trade Paperback
    $14.39 Retail: $15.99 Save 10% ($1.60)
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  1. Chambersburg, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Savvy writing, but misses the mark
    September 23, 2011
    JLewis
    Chambersburg, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    More Lost Than Found by Jared Herd attempts to reach out to the "lost" generation of young Christians who've abandoned the church. Pastor Herd does a good job of accurately stating the problem that the church at large has become aware of: young people are leaving the church in droves. Herd complains of the disconnect between the church and culture. His style is breezy and fresh, engaging the young thinkers of today. As with most in the Emergent movement, Herd fails to give a sound and satisfying answer that the doubter can sink his teeth into. Rather than give solid black-and-white answers, Herd opts for hailing the bravery of doubters and philosophizes about theological issues in a hesitant way, ie. most of his responses begin with "Maybe..." as he suggests another way to look at the issue at hand. The tentativeness of his "maybe" responses encapsulates the overall tone of the book. I would find it difficult to recommend this book to a member of its target audience: the lost, disillusioned young ex-church members. I'm afraid it's ambiguity over-sympathizes with their doubt and disillusionment and fails to wholeheartedly convince.

    More Lost Than Found was provided to me complimentary of BookSneeze.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    September 21, 2011
    DUCKgirl
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Book Description

    More Lost Than Found helps readers reconnect with a faith worth believing.

    If you look at the statistics about people raised in the church who are now leaving it, you'll realize that something has gone horribly wrong. Has God's truth lost relevance? The answer to this question, says Jared Herd, director of XP3 college ministries, is an absolute no. Next-generation Christians are drifting from the institutional faith because they no longer see their very real struggles or their need for deep connection with God adequately addressed there.

    In More Lost Than Found, youth expert Jared Herd comes alongside anyone who has drifted from faith to reengage them with the truth they long to hear. With amusing anecdotes and brilliant insight, he gives readers the permission to struggle with their faith while, deep down, knowing they still believe it and want to believe it. In this refreshing, true-to-life message, readers find a companion for their faith journey, rediscover the truth they grew up believing, and are invigorated to lay hold of it once again.

    I will admit I didn't really like this book. It just was not my thing. I never really go into it. But, I would recommend this book to any young adult, high school or college student that is struggling with their faith or is longing for a deeper faith and a broader understanding into how our faith and today's culture intertwines.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    More Lost Than Found
    September 20, 2011
    Reid
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    More Lost than Found is a book by Jared Herd that looks at why Christians are leaving the church and Christianity.

    I think a passage near the beginning of the book states what one can expect from reading this book:

    "In these pages, I'm inviting you on a path that moves away from a faith that is just about agreeing with a set of beliefs. That first path, the one that tries to put a tidy bow around life, can suppress our human frailty because it rushes to answer questions and fill in blanks. In fact, there's almost a panic that comes, right? The tidy path can offer us some certainty and a degree of comfort, but it cuts short a genuine spiritual journey before it ever begins.

    Have you ever talked to a Christian who gave a scripture answer to a tough question? If they had answered your questions with less certainty and more honesty, would you have believed them more? the way Christian faith is most often expressed in our culture doesn't offer us tools for the spiritual journey, instead, it's much better at giving us scripted answers so we can opt our of our spiritual curiosity. But I don't mean to lay all the blame at the church's stoop."

    I've read several books that convey the same message, a shift towards postmodernity where people are seeking spiritual guidance, want something more than just rules to follow and something they can earnestly experience.

    All in all, I enjoyed this book, but I didn't see eye to eye with it often. Still, it is worth reading.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good, but not without a few snags along the way.
    September 20, 2011
    sarahandbooks
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Jared Herd knows from experience the pain of losing Jesus. In his "southern-fried Baptist" church, surrounded by a few deacons and attendees, Herd was baptized into Christ, but later found his faith in ruins after the divorce of his parents. Not unlike Herd, many today have "found" Jesus, but due to hurt caused by circumstances, disappointments, and even the church, they have left Christianity in search of something more meaningful. Reflecting upon his own experiences as a pastor to students and as one who stepped away from religion, Herd offers readers a list of ways the church is misunderstood by the larger culture and how these misunderstandings can be cleared through true examination.

    Though Herd has displayed a meaningful argument for the relevance of Christianity in a culture very different from that of the current generation's parents and grandparents, his text takes a while to lift off of the ground. Too often, I felt as if the book was a strand of things wrong with the Christian church, along the lines of "there are too many rules" and "it sometimes seems irrelevant." As a whole, Christianity is not a religion of relevance: it calls for loving enemies and putting ourselves last. Herd's overemphasis on the "relevance" of Christianity sometimes left me wanting more explanation for his position.

    However, I did appreciate Herd's emphasis on the importance of the body to Christianity and his nod to ancient Christianity. Herd encourages his readers to not see the body as something that Christians dwell in, but something that Christians are. After all, Jesus had a physical body and God has used the weakest of individual bodies to showcase his glory throughout scripture. Additionally, Herd emphasizes that Christianity has a "long line of thinkers," thinkers that were also frustrated with living out an uncommon faith in a very common world. With this ancient knowledge in mind, Herd suggests that believers work to "renovate," rather than demolish faith in order to stay connected with "something old," such as the Christian worldview.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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